SYRACUSE, NY — Story and Audio by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens — Photo by Hammer Down Photos — When you think of NASCAR and faith, you think of Motor Racing Outreach who is very involved with the sport and it’s family members. When you think of Dirt racing and faith, you should think Finish Line Chaplains.
Finish Line Chaplain attends hundreds of dirt races a year providing prayer services, pre-race invocations and many other behind the scenes services that may not be recognized. It’s common that most people attending a race and see the staff from Finish Line Chaplains would think that their only role is the on-track pre-race prayer. After speaking with Pastor Kevin from Finish Line on Wednesday at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, we were able to dig deeper into what Finish Line’s role is here at Super DIRT Week.
Finish Line has a tent set up on Vendor’s Row ready to provide pre-race services all week and weekend long. They will hold a prayer service on both Saturday and Sunday before the Salute to the Troops 150 and the Syracuse 200- very similar to the services MRO provides at NASCAR events all across the country.
They also offer assistance to drivers that may not have 5-10 guys here to help them out, or they may offer words of encouragement to someone that needs it. Finish Line is all over the grounds here at the New York State Fairgrounds seeking ways to help others, and lift folks up when they need it.
Another important piece that Pastor Kevin spoke to is the Driver’s Prayer stickers that are distributed to drivers in the pit area. Some take the stickers, some don’t. But the prayer on the sticker can be found in several race machines here in the pit area at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.
Here is our audio interview with Pastor Kevin from the Finish Line Chaplains